Spinning Wheel

Time for some music!

Here’s a vintage performance from Shirley’s BBC TV series aired in the 1970’s.

Thanks to Eunice Wentworth

Spinning Wheel
Written by David Clayton-Thomas (born: David Thomsett)

Released 1970 on the album Something. This album has been re-released digitally remastered on CD and this song is available on other CD collections too.

A remix of Shirley’s original version, done by “DJ Spinna”, was released in 2000 on The Remix Album…Diamonds Are Forever.

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Blood, Sweat & Tears 1969 reached No. 2 in the US Billboard with this song. It was released on their self-titled album in January 1969, their second album. The album was BS&T’s highwater mark. It spawned three gold-selling Top Ten singles: “Spinning Wheel,” “And When I Die,” and “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” (which Shirley Bassey recorded too) selling three million copies and winning the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. David Clayton-Thomas was the lead singer of Blood, Sweat & Tears for their first four albums then went solo in early 1972, but returned in 1974.

Lyrics

What goes up must come down
Spinning wheel got to go around
Talking about your troubles it’s a crying sin
Ride a painted pony let the spinning wheel spin
You got no money, you got no home
Spinning wheel all alone
Talking about your troubles and you never learn
Ride a painted pony, let the spinning wheel turn
Did you find (the) directing sign on the straight and narrow highway
Would you mind a reflecting sign
Just let it shine within your mind
And show you the colours that are real
Someone is waiting just for you
Spinning wheel, spinning true
Drop all your troubles on the riverside
Catch a painted pony, let the spinning wheel fly
Did you find (the) directing sign on the straight and narrow highway
Would you mind a reflecting sign
Just let it shine within your mind
And show you the colours that are real
Someone is waiting just for you
Spinning wheel, spinning true
Drop all your troubles on the riverside
Catch a painted pony let the spinning wheel fly
(Transcribed by Roman)